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west bank in order to get israel back to the negotiating table. meanwhile the u.s. insists on direct negotiations with israel. >> the path to a two-state solution is through jerusalem and ramallah, not new york. >> israel's prime minister says u.n. recognition of an independent palestinian state would not advance the palestinians' quest for a homeland. benjamin netanyahu says palestine needs to declare jerusalem as their homeland and agree to security procedures to protect israel. >>> more discussions are planned on capitol hill today in an effort to avoid that dreaded "fiscal cliff." tim geithner and rob neighbors plan to visit separately today with the four house and senate leaders to find common ground on averting a series of tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to start in january. >>> president obama will have lunch in a couple of hours with mitt romney. it will be the first time the two have met face to face since their final debate shortly before this month's election. the event at the white house will be private. no aides will be present. no media will be allowed.
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